Society for Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness, Inc. to host 4th Annual Meeting

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Inc. (SDMPH) will host its 4th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on October 31, 2018 at the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street, NW., Washington, DC, and at the American Public Health Association Headquarters, 800 I Street, NW., Washington, DC on November 1, 2018.

The meeting on October 31 will feature experts primarily focused on Citizen Preparedness for Nuclear/Radiation Events. Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is the keynote speaker on the National Biodefense Strategy.

Jim James, MD, Dr PH, executive director of the Society, said the event will allow attendees to hear the latest on the level of preparedness within the US and will also provide opportunities to interact and exchange ideas while earning CE credit. CE is available for October 31.

According to Dr. James "A primary focus of this meeting and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health going forward is championing a Prepared Citizenry as the best single intervention to decrease morbidity and mortality across all types of disasters"

The meeting will feature the following experts:

Keynote Address I – National Biodefense Strategy
Speaker: Robert Kadlec, MD

Session 1: Citizen Preparedness for Nuclear/Radiation Events

Panel 1 – Moderator: Jim Blumenstock, MA

Panelists: Gerald White, PhD (Training and Tools for Radiological Emergency Preparedness), Kelly Klein, MD (Radiation, preparing for the glow that you can't see),

John F. Koerner, MPH, CIH (What Do I Do? Decision Making and Preparedness for Citizens Following a Nuclear Detonation), Regina Hawkins, MPH (Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident: Through an Organization Lens),

Cham Dallas, PhD (Modeling for nuclear events to project population and healthcare asset vulnerability across four major US cities)

11:30 – 11:45 Q & A


Keynote Address II – Tener Veenema, PhD (National Health Care Workforce Development for Disaster and Public Health Emergency Response)

Session 1 (continued): Citizen Preparedness for Nuclear/Radiation Events

Panel 2 – Moderator – Cham Dallas, PhD

Panelists: Ray Swienton, MD (Nuclear and radiological disaster casualty management: A multi-national global initiative), Lindsay Flax (Nuclear and radiological casualty care: A decision-tree for health professionals), Emberlynn Liang Liu (Nuclear and radiological casualty care: How to adapt standards of care to empower the at-risk public in our communities), Angie Bowen (The Role of REAC/TS in Radiation Incidents)

Yanmei Zhao, PhD (Medical preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological emergency)

2:30 – 2:45 Q & A

2:45 – 3:00 Break

Session 2 – Proposed Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS)

Moderator – Melissa Harvey, RN, MSPH

Moderator – Melissa Harvey, RN, MSPH (ASPR's RDHRS initiative to leverage existing programs, i.e. HPP, NDMS, to create a more capable disaster healthcare system to better meet the health care needs of the public in a disaster)

Panelists: Shawn Metzner (Regional Healthcare Coalition Response), Arthur Cooper (Pediatric Disaster Healthcare Services: Regionalization or Centralization? The New York City Experience), Donald Donahue (Minding the Gap: Challenges in Effective Regional Response Coordination), Craig DeAtley ( (National Capital Region Approach to Disaster Response)

4:15 – 4:30 Q & A

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap-up


Participants can earn continuing education contact hour credits in Nursing (CNE), and Medicine (CME for physicians and non-physicians) during the Meeting. One continuing education credit is earned for every 60 minutes of educational content. The maximum is 5.0 credits.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) – The American Public Health Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to approve continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) – The APHA/PHN Section is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Professional Development (CPD) Unit and its respective Continuing Education accrediting organizations do not endorse any products or services that are displayed or referred to in conjunction with this activity:

Hotel – Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Arrangements have been made to provide attendees a special meeting rate of $269 per night. Phone: (202) 582-1234. Registration link.

Agenda – Day 2 – November 1, 2018 – APHA Headquarters, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Open Meeting – specific agenda to be posted online. Meeting will address SDMPH Board appointments, DMPHP Journal Editorial Board and other Society business. All are welcome. Members will be able to vote on agenda items.

Posters: There is space for a small number of posters. The deadline for submission is Oct. 19. Submission is online. For more information, email [email protected], call (240) 833-4429.


About the Society

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. aims to evolve a discipline around disaster medicine and public health. The society's goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of global health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and or managing significant events. The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.

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